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CDs by local artists available to fill every stocking

    Music is a major part of the Christmas season. (And Heaven and nature sing.) Gift giving is also part of the Christmas season. (“They gave Him gold, frankincense and Myrrh.”) So why not look to these two old traditions this holiday season, and support local artists at the same time? I started thinking about how many local musicians have CDs available and thought, “What a great gift a hometown CD would be!”

    The search for local recordings is easy as there are so many. The problem is finding all of them. I have put together a list of many, but I want to say up front that this list is far from complete—and anything left out was not intentional.

    Rhonda Bradetich has one CD, Reflections. Rhonda teaches at North Idaho College and is a classically trained flutist. The CD is recorded with pianists Stefeny Kolawski and Leslie Stratton Norris, along with harpist Terice Wurnrow. Reflections is available for $15 at [email protected], or at Eve’s Leaves in downtown Sandpoint. You can also call Golden Flute Productions at 208-661-9396.

    Scott Kirby is a master at ragtime piano, and has lived and worked in New Orleans. He’s also played in several Ragtime and Jazz festivals. Scott has several CDs available, including Some Assembly Required, More Damn Good Ragtime and the complete syncopated piano works of Scott Joplin. Also look for Ragtime, New Orleans’ Boogie Woogie, Blues Ragtime and Stride. They’re available at greenearthmusic.org or by calling 1-800-771-7223. Orders usually take about three days.

    Leon Atkinson, a guitarist, studied under Andre Segovia. Leon has played in studios in New York, and now lives in the Sandpoint area. You may hear him host the Guitar Hour on Public Radio. He also teaches at Eastern Washington University. You can find his CDs at Aunties Bookstore in Spokane, Sandpoint Music and Cabin Fever. Or look for him at Barnes and Nobles or online at leonatkinsonguitarist.com. Atkinson has two CDs available.

    The Palmer Family covers old fashioned western songs. They have one CD on the market, Backroads, and it can be ordered at 480-982-3240. The CD costs $15, or pay $10 for a cassette tape and $2 for shipping.

    The Cube is a ten-member band playing what they call Progressive Power Pop. They have two CDs recorded and are offering a package of both CDs (a total of 14 songs), and a t-shirt for a total price of $20. You can order by calling 208-263-0324.

    Peggy Carter has recorded two CDs playing the Hammer Dulcimer, and won accolades as the Texas State Champion, and Southern Regional Champion on this instrument. Her music is available at Carter Country in Sandpoint or online at [email protected]

    Capriccio is a piano, flute and oboe trio. They have one CD available, a Christmas album called Season’s Greetings. The trio includes Sally Stultz on flute, Julie Wade on oboe and Robert Hall on cello.

    The CD includes Christmas classics as well as many holiday favorites in a variety of fun musical styles. It’s available at Nieman’s Music, Sandpoint Super Drug, Larsons, Merwins, Ivanos and The Hydra, or online at [email protected]

    Dave Welch has recorded one solo CD of classical and jazz guitar. His second album is called Phat Baby Dave and the Pain Killers, and they perform rhythm and blues. Dave’s CDs can be found at Sandpoint Music, Eichardts and at Hastings book stores.

    Scott Gammon calls his style soft folk rock and he has released two solo guitar recordings. His third CD includes his band. They can be purchased at the Pack River Store, Sandpoint Music and Eichardts.

    Rusty Sabella, who you may have heard this summer at the Festival at Sandpoint, has two CDs of his original world jazz. Both discs are available at Eve’s Leaves.

    John Baker’s CD is entitled Firelight Piano for Christmas. This music minister’s music on the keyboards is intimate, quiet Christmas music for evening listening. He plays some improv and favorites, and says he was influenced by Mannheim Steamroller. The CD is available at Sandpoint Music for $12.

    The Swing Street Big Band has an excellent big band sound for the jazz fan. They have one CD available, which can be found at both Sandpoint Music and Nieman’s Music.

    Beth and Cinde have CDs available at the Dolphin House, Northwest Handmade and other venues. This popular local duo’s CDs include Voices, Northern Lights, and the unforgettable Wild Rose.

    Brother Music Power House has two CDs available at Main Street Music and Games and Sandpoint Music, featuring life blues and blues rock. You can also order from this local deejay at www.brothermusic.net or by calling 208-265-9295.

    Dennis Coats plays easy listening acoustic guitar. His three CDs are recorded with a clear, natural sound. This is original music inspired by the natural beauty of the mountains. The CDs are available at Sandpoint’s Snow River Sheepskin, or at snowriver.com.

    Michael Seward’s traditional country CD is available at Snow River Sheepskin as well.

    Heather Christie and her band have an original music CD of eclectic folk available at Main Street Music and Game. Also find her at www.heatherchristie.com.

    Niccole Bayley calls her musical style funky folk rock. She’ll be doing a concert on Saturday, Dec. 15th at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. On the bill with her is Kate Schutt, a Boston-based musician. Niccole has one CD called Despite the Dents, which is available at Sandpoint Music, Hastings and Far North in Bonners Ferry. Or pick up a copy at the concert on Saturday.

    Clark Fork’s Dale Miller has two cassettes of  country music available, By Special Request and Songs I Like to Sing. The cassettes are available at The Chair Factory in Clark Fork.

    Tim Dougherty has a CD, A View From a Kite, featuring acoustic guitar and folk. It’s available at Far North and at Hastings.

    Sharri Short has one CD available of pop/rock at Far North in Bonners Ferry or at Hastings. Sharri is a Bonner’s Ferry artist and she will open for Niccole Short and Kate Schutt on Saturday.

    Andrea Lyman has one cassette tape and one CD available at Snow River Sheepskin and the Dolphin House. She calls her original music, “native American inspired women’s spirituality.” Andrea does vocals and keyboards with Dennis Coats playing guitar on some of the tracks.

    As you can see, there are many choices available for Christmas gift giving. There are many more fine artists in this area, with CDs and tapes available. I listed all I could find. So in keeping with the traditions of music and gift-giving, The River Journal presents you with these options this Christmas.


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Ernie Hawks Ernie Hawks is a former theater director who has branched into the creative fields of writing and photography. He lives in a cabin in Athol with his lovely wife Linda, and feeds the birds in his spare time.

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